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COCOMI condemns violence and Government’s negligence in Manipur

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COCOMI condemns violence and Government’s negligence in Manipur

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Imphal, June 8:

Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) has issued a strong condemnation of the recent violence in Jiribam, one of the few remaining peaceful areas in Manipur where Thadou, Hmar, Paite, Kabui, Zeliangrong, Meetei Pangal, and Meetei communities have coexisted. COCOMI holds the Government of India responsible for the ongoing deprivation and suffering of Manipur’s indigenous people.
The recent outbreak of violence, attributed to provocative actions by immigrant Kuki groups aiming to further their demands for separate administration through terror tactics, has resulted in the abduction and murder of a Meetei victim. This incident, involving individuals led by Mr. Gousang from Phaitol Village and occurring in broad daylight with a vehicle bearing registration number AS 27 A 2905, aims to disrupt the longstanding peace among local communities.
COCOMI criticizes the Indian government’s inaction and the Assam Rifles’ failure to apprehend the actual perpetrators, who instead fired live rounds at an angry mob, exacerbating the situation. The preferential treatment of immigrant communities over indigenous populations and the misallocation of security resources towards the Indo-Myanmar border rather than maintaining internal order are highlighted as major concerns.
COCOMI is particularly troubled by the inconsistent narrative from the government, noting Home Minister Amit Shah’s shift from blaming illegal migrants to downplaying the violence as mere communal disharmony. This change fails to address the root causes of the conflict and overlooks the broader issues of state-sponsored violence and political manipulation.
COCOMI also extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims, stating that the sacrifices made will not be forgotten.

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